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Have a Ball at Rugby Theatre's Spectacular Panto!

Ugly Sisters, Kevin Bright and John Tweedle with Cinderella, Emily Stafford. Pic by Martin Pulley.

Cinderella, Rugby Theatre, 19-28 January.

Preview by Rosie Fuller.


You shall go to the ball! Audiences of all ages are invited to the timeless fairytale Cinderella, brought to life in Rugby Theatre’s dazzling annual pantomime.

Join a rock ‘n’ roll Cinderella, Prince Charming and the magical fairy godmother as they embark on a journey of laughter, adventure and, of course, a spectacular royal ball. But they will need your help to boo and hiss at the outrageous ugly sisters and the wicked stepmother!

“This is the story of Cinderella that everyone knows and loves – a vibrant show with slapstick, silliness and magic,” says director Emma Bright.

“We also have a meet and greet in our bar directly opposite the theatre, where young and old can get a selfie with their favourite hero, heroine or villain!”

Emily Stafford plays Cinderella. Pic by Martin Pulley.

Flamboyant costumes, stunning scenery and memorable musical numbers with a live band all help Cinderella in her breathtaking transformation from rags to riches. The adult cast are joined by local youngsters from the Carrie Bianco Stage School, providing impressive dance routines.

“This is a great show for the whole family,” continues Emma. “There are a few bangs and flashes, but nothing is too scary, although parents might want to think about ear defenders for very young children. We have a limited number of booster seats which are free to use, or parents can bring their own.

“The cast are amazing, and everyone on and off stage has been working hard to bring you a truly fabulous show. We’re selling out fast, so don’t miss our fabulous annual pantomime – you’ll have a ball!”

Tickets are expected to sell out, so early booking is recommended. Cinderella runs from 19-28 January, with discounts available for groups of four or more. Tickets are available from the Rugby Theatre box office on 01788 541234, or


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